By Ben York, Suns.com After a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, the 2-1 Suns head to New Orleans to take on the new-look Pelicans on the second game of their three-game road trip. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Arizona on Tuesday, November 5 and fans can listen to the radio broadcast on Arizona Sports 620. Click through to see five things Suns fans should watch for during #SunsAtPelicans.
Bledsoe’s Phenomenal Play Averaging 22 points, 8.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds through three games, Eric Bledsoe is off to a blistering start for the Suns – not to mention a game-winner (against the Jazz) and a near triple-double versus the Thunder. Though the sample size is small, it’s abundantly clear that Bledsoe is ready and willing to be a star. Perhaps more importantly, he has shown that when the team needs him to, he can take over a game at any time.
Gerald Green’s Emergence After shooting over 50 percent from beyond the arc in preseason, Gerald Green got off to a bit of a slow start in the team’s first two games. Against the Thunder, however, Green caught fire hitting five 3-pointers and scoring 21 points in 33 minutes of action. With Green’s increased confidence and production off the bench, he could be an x-factor for the Suns and another way to jumpstart their offense.
3-Point Shooting The Suns hit nine 3-pointers combined in their first two games. Against the Thunder on Sunday, they busted out of the gates draining 15-of-37. Indeed, with the Suns’ increased focus on being active and tenacious on the defensive end of the floor, being able to hit shots consistently from beyond the arc is an invaluable asset. Not only does it stretch the floor, it opens up the paint for players like Eric Bledsoe to create for himself and players along the perimeter.
Tucker’s All-Around Play P.J. Tucker has always been synonymous with hustle, but his emergence on the offensive end of the floor has really given the Suns a boost. Tucker has hit two 3-pointers in each of the Suns’ first three games giving him a total of six already this season. For comparison’s sake, Tucker hit 22 all of last year. That type of production is huge for the team as a whole, and sets the tone for the entire game.
The Morris Brothers When Markieff and Marcus Morris are engaged and active, the Suns are a different team. Not only do they provide an added dimension of toughness on both ends of the floor, they’re so athletic in their approach that it forces the defense to pay attention to them. If the Morris brothers can each have a legitimate breakout game against the Pelicans, it certainly bodes well for the Suns.